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Panic’s new handheld games device Playdate looks adorable & innovative

This is Playdate, a handy little games console with a black and white screen. It looks fantastic. Announced on Wednesday, Playdate is due out next year, at a price of $149. It comes with a few interesting quirks. First, it has a crank on the side, which manufacturer Panic says puts “a whole new spin…

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Mario Kart Tour: first details from the Android beta

Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Mario Kart Tour, is now in closed beta in the U.S. and Japan on Android devices. The mobile spin on Mario Kart is being co-developed by DeNA, which Nintendo partnered with on Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Early details on Mario Kart Tour indicate that Nintendo’s latest mobile…

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Razer closing Ouya store, officially killing the console

Online services for Razer’s Ouya and Forge TV services will shut down at the end of June, Razer announced today. The shutdown brings to an end the ambitious, turbulent, and mostly unsuccessful travails of the crowdfunded console for Android video games. Ouya as a device was discontinued back in 2015, when Razer bought the startup…

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Ventrue clan returns in Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 trailer

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will include members of the Ventrue clan as playable characters. The announcement comes today via Paradox, which confirms the return of the “the clan of kings” with a new trailer. Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the 2004 cult classic from Troika Games. Set for a 2020 release, it’s…

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Overwatch Anniversary 2019: skins, cosmetics, and dates

There’s a lot going on in Tuesday’s Overwatch update with the kickoff of the game’s seasonal Anniversary event. The new event, which runs May 21 to June 11, brings with it a bunch of new skins and other cosmetics, as well as the return of all other seasonal event Arcade modes. Overwatch game director Jeff…

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PlayStation 5 video shows off hardware capabilities of next console

During Sony’s Investors Relations Day in Japan, the company talked more about its next generation console (likely called the PlayStation 5, though no official name has been confirmed yet). It also demonstrated the capabilities of the new hardware in a video. The return of PlayStation Now confirms that Sony will continue their game subscription streaming…

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Uniqlo’s Pokémon T-shirt design contest winners announced

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo announced the winners of its annual UT Grand Prix T-shirt design contest on Monday, with the winning designs “launching soon online and in all stores.” This year’s theme was Pokémon, so of course there are some adorable designs hitting the shelves. The contest, which launched in October 2018, tasked talented Pokémon…

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Apex Legends patch 1.1.3 improves hit detection and makes stealth tougher

Apex Legends’ latest patch is here and while it’s fairly light on content, there are quite a few important quality of life improvements to the game. The most important change in patch 1.1.3 is all about hit detection. Hit detection determines whether or not fired bullets hit a target. With any online game there’s bound…

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Report: Call of Duty’s annual release wobbles, but Treyarch moves up to save it

Call of Duty’s production is in trouble, but the franchise will still hit its 16th annual release in 2020, according to another bang-up report from Kotaku about what’s going on inside Activision’s stable of studios. The report by Jason Schreier details how even a three-year schedule is a very tight timeframe for building something of…

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Players find piles of dead horses in Red Dead Online

Something weird and/or spooky is going on in Red Dead Online. Yesterday players started finding big piles of skinned, dead horses laying around. Others report ghost towns, with no animals or NPCs spawning. Either Tywin Lannister is guest starring, or something else is about to go down in Rockstar Games’ west world. Here’s a glimpse…

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